Book Reviews

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age 8+
 
This classic works best as a read-aloud.
By J. M. Barrie
(2003)
age 11+
 
Civil War realism for young readers.
By Richard Peck
(2003)
age 10+
 
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
age 9+
 
A cliff-hanging adventure wrapped in black humor.
By Lemony Snicket
(1999)
age 10+
 
Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.
By Ying Chang Compestine
(2007)
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age 10+
 
Would-be princesses show grit, wisdom in empowering tale.
By Shannon Hale
(2006)
age 12+
 
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(1960)
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age 10+
 
Teen girl homesteads alone in Newbery Honor book.
By Kirby Larson
(2006)
age 9+
 
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
By Madeleine L'Engle
(1992)
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age 9+
 
Humorous, powerful, masterful escaped-slave tale.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
age 9+
 
Classic view of pioneer life through a little girl's eyes.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
(2007)
age 12+
 
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
age 10+
 
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
age 6+
 
Wonderful intro to art and Monet through a kid's eyes.
By Christina Bjork, Lena Anderson
(2012)
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age 9+
 
Tense adventure as dogsled run becomes race for survival.
By Sherry Shahan
(2012)
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age 6+
 
Stellar art portrays key aspects of Mandela's life for kids.
By Kadir Nelson
(2013)
age 4+
 
A spunky girl explores the wonders of her everyday world.
By Angela Johnson
(2011)
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age 9+
 
Inventive story of runaways in New York, 50 years apart.
By Brian Selznick
(2011)
age 9+
 
Exciting enchanted forest adventure to save baby brother.
By Colin Meloy
(2011)
age 9+
 
Beautifully illustrated account of African-American history.
By Kadir Nelson
(2011)

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